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Meet the Pandas

Youngest Son and I had a lovely day out at the Toronto Zoo today.  We visit regularly and have had membership since we’ve lived here but today we had a special reason to visit, we wanted to see the latest addition to the Zoo, Er Shun and Da Mao, two giant Pandas on loan from China.  The exhibit has only been open for a couple of weeks and there are regularly long queues to see them.  Luckily the zoo has been opening an hour early exclusively for members to skip the line ups.

They were both a bit sleepy when we saw them as it was still pretty early bit it was still lovely to see them and, for want of a better word, they are incredibly cute.

The whole zoo has undergone a bit of a transformation since they arrival of their new guests with panda photos and merchandise everywhere.  We had some fun browsing the panda themed gift shop.












And we couldn’t help but make a little purchase too!


We managed to drag ourselves away from the pandas and enjoyed a wander around the rest of the animals.








Close Encounters of the Moose Kind – Magic Moments #2

I had a real ‘magic moment’ last Saturday while we were camping in the Canadian wilderness, Algonquin Provincial Park.  We had researched the area before we went and I was excited to discover that May is the best time of year for Moose Viewing.   I had never seen a moose in the flesh before we came to Canada and despite many visits all over the country into mountains and parks we had never been lucky enough come across them.  We have a couple in the Toronto Zoo but it’s just not the same as seeing them in the wild.  One of the many things I love about Canada is the variety of huge animals that live here.


So we were out and about travelling through the park with our eyes scouring the forest to each side of us trying to spot wildlife and suddenly there right by the road in front of us was a young moose, she bolted back into the forest edge and stood there for just a few seconds before running off.  My cousin-in-law turned to me with a smug look on her face and said ‘there, you wanted moose I gave you moose, happy?’ She rolled her eyes when I replied that it was lovely to see one but now I want a photo!   We jumped back in the car and just a few minutes later we managed to spot this Moosive (sorry I couldn’t resist! 😉 ) bull moose grazing, he must have been 6 feet to his shoulders.  He was totally unperturbed by us jumping out of the cars and watching him and stood there happily munching on some grass.

So that’s my magic Moment this week.  I ‘m not high maintenance, I don’t need diamonds or pearls just give me a close encounter with a moose and I’m a happy camper! 😀